Weekly Poker Roundup: April 24, 2016
New York Back on Top After GPL’s Third Week
The New York Rounders were one of the highest scoring teams in the third week of the Global Poker League’s inaugural season, as they took over first place in the Americas Conference. Tyler Kenney was the star of the team, earning 12 points for first and second place finishes in the Sit-and-Go round, leading the team to a 15 point total for the week.
No teams made any huge jumps in the Americas standings; it was a week of flip-flopped pairs. First and second place traded spots, third and fourth switched, and fifth and sixth were flipped.
Over on the Eurasia side, the Paris Aviators held on to first place, ending the week at 40 points, just three ahead of the Hong Kong Stars. The Moscow Wolverines were the biggest movers of the week. While they remained in third place, they earned 16 points, narrowing the gap significantly at the top of the standings.
- New York Rounders – 40 points
- Montreal Nationals – 38 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers – 31 points
- LA Sunset – 28 points
- Sao Paolo Mets – 28 points
- San Francisco Rush – 24 points
- Paris Aviators – 40 points
- Hong Kong Stars – 37 points
- Moscow Wolverines – 35 points
- London Royals – 28 points
- Rome Emperors – 27 points
- Berlin Bears – 22 points
EverestPoker.fr to Shut Down
The online poker landscape in France will look slightly different about five weeks from now. BetClic Everest has announced that it will close its EverestPoker.fr poker room effective May 31st, 2016, moving the site’s players over to Betclic.fr.
Betclic Everest Group CEO Isabelle Andres said that the decision was made in order to eliminate redundancies between the two sites, making things easier to manage while giving all players access to the wider array of gambling options at Betclic.
Both Everest and Betclic are on iPoker’s French network, along with JOA-Online.com and Unibet.fr. Thus, for the most part, Everest customers who transfer to Betclic won’t have much to get used to. According to PokerScout.com, iPoker.fr is the third-largest French-only online poker network with a seven-day average of 260 cash game players. PokerStars.fr is the leader with 700 cash game players.
Oklahoma Tribe Announces Online Poker Site Launch Plans
On Friday, April 15th, judge David Russell ruled that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma could launch an online poker room without being in violation of its gambling compact with the state. The ruling violating a decision by arbitrator Charles Chapel, who said, “The use of the Internet is merely using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal revenues. It does not extend or restrict the scope of the games and does not amend the compact in any way. The compact and all its terms shall remain in force.”
Thus, the Iowas and software developer Universal Entertainment Group (UEG) are moving forward with their plans to launch their gaming site, PokerTribe.org. Play money poker is scheduled for May 17th, while real-money poker is supposed to go live in August 1st.
The catch here is that nobody in the United States will be allowed to play on the site because PokerTribe.org will only be open to players in jurisdictions where online poker is legal. There are three states- New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada – where it is, but the problem is that the only internet poker allowed is intrastate online poker. Without an agreement with the Iowa Tribe, people in those three states won’t be able to participate.
Thus, it will be non-U.S. customers only. But then again, there might not be any reason for anyone with access to such sites as PokerStars and 888 to even bother with some no-name startup in the U.S.
Chino Rheem Wins Third WPT Title
Chino Rheem won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale last week, becoming just the fourth player in history to win three WPT titles. He joins Anthony Zinno, Carlos Mortensen, and Gus Hansen in the triple club. Rheem had previously won the 2008 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the 2013 WPT World Championship; his career live tournament winnings have now eclipsed $8 million.
Some people in the poker world may have a keen interest in Rheem’s lastest score, as several years ago, it came out that he owed a number of people money with no apparent intention, at least at the time, of being in any hurry to pay the money back. Reports were that the total amount was upwards of $100,000. He was even suspended from the failed Epic Poker League for his delinquency.
There has not been much news about Rheem’s debts in the last couple years, which is fine, though last we heard, he had at least paid some of the money back. Perhaps he has completely made good by now, perhaps not. Hopefully if he hasn’t, he is taking some of these winnings to clean up the ledger.
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